Border Patrol

                         WHAT’S UP WITH WALLPAPER?


                                                     TEAR IT DOWN

  Wallpaper trends, like all trends, come and go. From the 1980’s through the 1990’s wallpaper reached its heyday. A house wasn’t a home without the sweetest matching wallpaper borders.  

Recently a friend of mine purchased a home. During the house search, she and her husband sometimes took bets, before entering, on what the borders might look like inside. They even had a name for this little exercise:

                                  Border Patrol!

If you have masses of darling posies on your walls or swooping and drooping in borders, they need to go away. Far, far away. That look takes us back 15 to 25 years. It was before Trading Places, before Divine Design . . .  Before HGTV!

Back then we were just crazy for little flowers, big flowers, fruit of any kind (especially grapes), plaids with stripes, and ribbons and bows. Nobody, it seemed could have too much ivy.  The best would be to use all of them – preferably in one room – as correlates!

Well, I don’t think we need to brow beat ourselves too much because it was a beginning of sorts. Granted, in the 50’s a number of people had stagecoaches on their wallpaper or even oval sputnik looking things. But wallpaper didn’t become a huge craze until early in the 80’s.  

We were just beginning to seriously experiment with pattern, color and texture. We went crazy for pattern! We were having fun. Hey, I hate to admit it but I had a very fruit-covered wallpaper in the kitchen with – you guessed it – grape border. And I loved it! Times change.

Today wall coverings are a quieter version of pattern and texture. Much of it is done with paint; however there are some fantastic new wallpapers out there. Don’t overlook them!

More about that next time –

Dianne Ross / Interior Designer

Phelan’s Interior’s



2 Responses to “Border Patrol”

  1. Jill Says:

    Seriously who’s using wallpaper? I think that 1992 called and they want their wallpaper back. Are there any companies/websites that have this quieter versions of pattern and texture that you talk about?

  2. dross08 Says:

    Thanks for the GREAT question! 2008 is calling your number if you are ready to hear about the new looks in wallcoverings. You can also see room settings highlighting her wallpapers on the Candice Olson website.

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